Earlier we discussed narrowing and broadening a research question. Vocabulary can also be broadened or narrowed to find different types of sources. This chart suggests some alternative vocabulary for the following research question:
"Should Native Americans practice religious and social customs that violate local and Federal laws? "
|Native Americans||Indigenous peoples, North American history||Indians, Amerinds, North American Indians||Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Wiyot, Tolowa, etc.|
|Customs||Social systems, anthropology||Marriage, social relations, spirituality, rites and ceremonies, religion, culture||Lodge house(s), hunting, fishing, dances, etc.|
|Law||Criminal justice, U.S. Constitution, constitutional law||Legislation, crimes, treaty rights||Bureau of Indian Affairs,
NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act ), cases (e.g. Jessie Short)